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The Best Is Yet To come

Over sixteen years have passed since I came in view of a call as the pastor of Weatherford’s First Baptist Church. On July 8, 2001, I preached a sermon that must have been fairly well received. The vote was 422 yes and 4 no. That afternoon we walked through the home we now live in and knew God was leading us to move to Weatherford. Still, we slept on it before I call...

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Flip It Over

Caleb was in town so we went out for a family breakfast. I must admit, breakfast may be my favorite meal of the day… if it is past 8 am. Cade ordered pancakes which is typically his standard order from the breakfast menu. The flapjacks, hot off the grill, came to the table inviting a spread of butter to be lathered on and a flood of syrup to overflow the sides like ...

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His Question

His question caught me off guard. We were waiting a few minutes before I performed the wedding ceremony for him and his lovely bride. He had recently joined the church after attending for several months. He knew I spelled my last name with a “ph” instead of a “v” and that I grew up in Hobart. “Was Rex your brother?” “Yes he was. Ho...

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Keep Heaven in God's Perspective

As parents, Sandy and I want to make sure we teach our kids that actions have consequences. When reason allows, we offer them choices. It may sound like, “Right now you have two choices: you can either stop throwing a fit, lay down, and go to sleep, or you can keep throwing a fit and get a consequence (and you’ll still have to go to sleep), which will you choos...

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His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

Everything was going as planned. Nancy and I had delayed our evening walk with Freckles due to the elevated temperature. Once a few shadows began to appear, we began the daily loop around our neighborhood. I started the practice several dogs ago as a means of personal stress relief at the end of the day. The tradition continues. When we headed up one street, I noticed two ...

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Summertime

It’s that time of year again . . . summer! For my young family that means sunscreen, bug spray, popsicles, pool floaties, ball games, more sunscreen, more bug spray, cook outs, camping, vacation, more sunscreen, more bug spray . . . At my house we take every precaution to avoid two things in the summertime: sunburns and bug bites. For our outdoor loving family the s...

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A New Song

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3 There is incredible power in song. I am so very thankful for a church that lifts Him up when we meet together. Whether we sing a psalm, hymn, or spiritual song (Eph. 5:19), our voices proclaiming His goodness magnifies the Lord as we recogn...

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Dog Tales 2

Through the years, I have illustrated sermons and articles with the activities and antics of the dogs that happen to be residing in our back yard. I would not consider myself to be a “dog lover” like some people I have known. I am a dog owner who appreciates the loyalty and laughs provided by my four-legged companions. If I raised Hereford cattle, I probably wo...

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Thanks Be To God

The first time I knew what he looked like was when the funeral home sent me his picture, along with the obituary I was recruited to read. His family brought his body back for burial after he lost a lengthy battle with cancer. He was eighty-seven years old. My role in the memorial service was minimal. Nevertheless, I wept.Allow me to explain. I don’t always cry when I...

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Celebrate Recovery

This past week, we celebrated the one year mark of our Celebrate Recovery ministry. It has been such a great ministry, and God has blessed in so many ways. I want to say a huge “Thank You” to all those who have helped keep things running weekly. Our leadership team has been unbelievably instrumental. We have also had over 40 people volunteer to bring snacks and...

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